Step 1: Collect the hardware
List of material (all of which is available at Digikey.com)
Part Number ------------- Description
NL-SW-EVDO-V ------- Skywire Cellular modem from NimbeLink
NL-SWAK --------------- Skywire Arduino kit from NimbeLink
MA301.A.AB.001 ------- Magnet Mount Cellular & GPS antenna from Taoglas
CAB.011 ----------------- Two SMA to U.FL cables from Taoglas
A000057 ----------------- Arduino Leonardo Board
102-1092-BL-00100 ---- USB A to Micro B cable
Step 2: Connect Antennas
The SMA end of the cable connects to the antenna cables. One cable is marked GPS the other is GSM.
The cable marked GPS should connect to connector X3 for the GPS connection.
The cable marked GSM should connect to connector X1 for the cellular connection.
Step 3: Assemble Hardware
Plug Skywire EVDO modem into Arduino shield like shown on the product website.
Step 4: Create map account
1) Create a free "Community" portal account here: https://portals.exosite.com/signup?plan=3676938388
2) As part of the account creation process, you have to validate your email address.
3) Once its activated, log in to the Exosite portals account.
Step 7: Device Setup - Device Setup
Leave the "Device Location" field blank.
Click continue and then Submit on the next page.
Step 9: Device Information View
Then click "Add Data Source"
Step 10: Data Setup - Configuration
For the Data Source Format field, select "string".
Leave Unit blank.
For the Alias field, enter "GPSdata" which is case sensitive.
Then press Submit. On the next screen, press QUIT, then close the Device Information window by either clicking the CLOSE button or the X in the corner of the window.
Step 11: Return to Default Dashboard
This will return you to your default dashboard view.
Step 12: Clean up the default dashboard
Step 14: Select Trail Map
Provide a Block Title of your choice, something like "My GPS Map".
Then click "CONTINUE"
Step 15: Trail Map Configuration
In the 'Choose Device' field, select "GPS Device".
In the 'Select Data Source for Trail Data" field, select "GPS Data Points".
Change the 'Map Trail History' field to how many hours of history you want to plot whenever the web page refreshes.
Then click 'SUBMIT'
Step 16: Blank Map View
Step 17: Modify Arduino code
Download the Arduino reference code here: http://nimbelink.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/DE...
Open the file with the latest Arduino IDE.
Find the line of code that says:
And modify by inserting your CIK into the example:
Then save the file.
Warning, the code example is not hardened, it works as-is, but this was thrown together quickly as a proof of concept. There are extra comments and some things that are not necessary, but it gets the job done. :)
Step 18: Upload Code into Arduino
Use the Arduino IDE software to upload the modified sketch onto your Arduino Leonardo.
Step 19: Take device for a test drive and enjoy your Exosite trail map!
When you stop, open your dashboard on a smart phone or computer and checkout your trail map. You should see real data points from your journey! The image shown here is real data from my device, going to and from work and a friend's house.
When using the NL-SWAK shield, if you power the Arduino with 5V or the USB cable, it works. For example, use a cigarette lighter to USB adapter. The NL-SWAK cannot handle 12V directly.
If you want to power from 12V, the NL-SWDK-EVDO-V kit can accept this directly.
This is a link to the dashboard with real data: https://portals.exosite.com/views/1265154472/2460159184